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Controversy between residents, owners of St. Peters historic farmhouse

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Owners of a 200-year-old farmhouse in St. Peters want to renovate the space for wedding venues and banquets (Credit: KMOV). Owners of a 200-year-old farmhouse in St. Peters want to renovate the space for wedding venues and banquets (Credit: KMOV).

ST. PETERS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – A historic farmhouse is at the center of controversy in St. Peters.

The owners wants to renovate the 200 year-old farmhouse into an event space, but some neighbors are putting up a fight.

The zoning committee approved the plans, but it is up to the city council to decide.

Lisa Portilla, a nearby resident said, “We see this as the beginning of one building and residence after the next being forced to go commercial.”

Ruth Choate, owner said, “What we’re trying to do is save the green space.”

The farmhouse sits on a 10-acre plot, zoned for residential use. But the owners want to use the space as an elegant venue for weddings and banquets.

“It’s a way for us to keep this historic house open to the general public,” said Choate. “That’s what the family that sold us the house wanted. That’s why they didn’t see it to a developer and they knew that we would treat this house with the same love and care.”

Some surrounding neighbors say they are concerned loud parties and drinking will disturb the neighborhood and lower property value.

The owners insist they want the best for the neighborhood and the space will help bring it to life.

The owners say the plans are still in the early stages.

St. Peters City Council will vote on whether or not they will approve the rezoning permit at its meeting during the third week of July.

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